Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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A quick summary of forthcoming events around the parish and benefice

Messy Church – 16th November 10.30 – noon

At St Germans Methodist Chapel

Christmas Market – Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd NovemberSt Germans Priory Church.

Thursday 21st November 6.30 to 9.00 pm – opening by Lady Bianca Eliot with mince pies and mulled wine
Friday 22nd November 10.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 23rd November 10.00am to 4.00pm – featuring craft activities for children
A great opportunity to buy those Christmas goodies from a lovely range of craft stalls. This year the RSPB has a stall for all three days!

Benefice wide service – St Nicolas’ Church Downderry – Sunday 24th November at 11.00

We once again welcome Archdeacon Audrey on her ‘Visit In Parish’. This will be the only service in the benefice that Sunday.


 

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Safeguarding:

Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230726 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131


Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson

 

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/

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November Thoughts from Rev Lynn

Remember, Remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot – no I am not advocating what we should do with the government at the moment – but today’s problems do help to put history into perspective!

Hopefully nowadays we remember November more as the month for remembering those who have died in wars and conflict around the world, and there are many opportunities to gather around the churches and war memorials and to stand and honour those who have died:

Sunday 10th November 10.45 at Tideford British Legion, 10.45 at St Mary’s Sheviock, 10.45 at the war memorial St Germans.

Monday 11th November 10.50am at the war memorial in both Hessenford and Downderry.

There is also a service of All Souls on November 3rd at Tideford at 5.00pm where we can remember on a more personal level those we have loved and lost. Family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, those near and far, those known to us for years, or those who have made a brief appearance in our lives but have been significant. This is a simple service where you have an opportunity to light a candle in their memory and have their names acknowledged.

Remembering those who have gone before us is significant and important, it makes us think about our lives, their purposes and the journeys that we take, and ultimately the destination for us all.

 

 

~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

September 2019 onwards

Community Lunches

The community lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 

No charge, donations welcome

Christmas Lunch is 18th December

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Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunches 2019

in aid of Parish Mission and Ministry

 Next lunch – Saturday 9th November

10.30am – 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch (home made soups) and to browse the local group and charity stalls.

No charge! Donations welcome

Yummy cakes, Christmas gifts, cards and much more are on offer as Christmas fast approaches

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Pub Theology

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet at The Eliot Arms pub St Germans, 7.30 – 9pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Autumn topics:       Stages of life: a theological perspective

November 27th – Middle age

January 22nd – Old age

            For any enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333).   All welcome!

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Support St Nicolas’ School, Downderry

Fish and Chip Lunches

only £3 each – great value!

Every Friday in November and December until Christmas

 Please book your place by ringing the school

on 01503 250565

or email: stnicslunch@stbarnabasmat.com

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Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

on the third Saturday of the month – all welcome!

Next session:  16th November 10.30am-12 noon

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt

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Events at St Germans Priory Church

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Christmas Market

Thursday 21st November 6.30 to 9.00 pm – opening by Lady Bianca Eliot with mince pies and mulled wine
Friday 22nd November 10.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 23rd November 10.00am to 4.00pm – featuring craft activities for children
A great opportunity to buy those Christmas goodies from a lovely range of craft stalls. This year the RSPB has a stall for all three days!

Please go to the Facebook page link below for latest updates

https://www.facebook.com/St-Germans-Priory-Christmas-Market-704222369978771/

In aid of the Priory Trust.

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9 Lessons and Carols with the East Cornwall Bach Choir

Wednesday 4th December 7.30pm


 

Other Parish and Benefice Events

St Germans Methodist Church – Advent Retreat

‘Have you Heard The Sound Of Angels’

2nd December 10am – 3.30pm Buckfast Abbey – cost £10

Please phone Steve Gerrard on 01503 230403 for more details and to apply for a place.

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Services in our other Benefice Churches

3rd                              All Saints Day

9.30am                        Morning Prayer                                   St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

11.15am                      Morning Prayer (BCP)                         St  James the Great Church, Antony

 10th                            Remembrance Sunday

10.45am                      Remembrance Sunday Service           St Mary’s Church, Sheviock    

17th                              2nd Sunday before Advent

9.30am                        Morning Prayer                                   St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

11.15am                      Morning Prayer (BCP)                         St  James the Great Church, Antony

 

 

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish addresses for email are:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

or alternatively:

admin@stgermansparishes.com

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2552/benefice/

OCTOBER SERVICES

30th October Tuesday 

10am Said Eucharist Tideford
31st October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford

 

NOVEMBER SERVICES

3rd All Saints Sunday  
11am Parish Eucharist Downderry
5pm All Souls Service Tideford
4th Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
5th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
7th Thursday
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
10th Remembrance Sunday
9.30am Morning Prayer Hessenford
10.45am Remembrance Service War Memorial and Tideford
10.45am Remembrance Service War Memorial and St Germans Methodist Church
11th Remembrance Day (Monday)  
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
10.50am Remembrance Service War Memorial, Downderry
10.50am Remembrance Service War Memorial, Hessenford
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
12th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
14th Thursday
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
16th Saturday
10.30am Messy Church St Germans Methodist Church
17th 2nd Sunday before Advent  
9.30am Eucharist Downderry
11am Eucharist St Germans
18th Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
19th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
21st Thursday
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
24th Christ the King
11am Joint Benefice Eucharist with Archdeacon Audrey* Downderry
25th Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
26th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
28th Thursday
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford

* Followed by bring and share lunch

foodbank

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (end of October) there are the following shortages:

  • TINNED MEAT – HAM, CORNED BEEF etc.
  • RICE
  • INSTANT MASH POTATO
  • LAUNDRY POWDER/LIQUID, WASHING UP LIQUID
  • TINNED TOMATOES
  • TINNED VEGETABLES – POTATOES, CARROTS, PEAS ETC
  • TOILET ROLLS

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is a continuing issue, and is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, a real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2019

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods